Monday, June 29, 2009
I know I was. My piano has been rattling for about a year and it has been getting progressively worse lately and I can hardly stand to play on it now. So I finally called David Featherstone to come and look at it. And in my great tradition, I baffled him. He has NO IDEA what is causing the rattle. He worked on it for over an hour today. Our next step is to drop about $1000 to have it moved to his shop in Dallas and completely taken apart. I have no idea what to do. I love this piano, and it is how I make a living and how I relax, but it is so expensive. I spent most of my day in tears. My poor 91 year old senior citizen piano.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
First Kirsten rode on Pedro the Pony. He is her cousin, Victoria's, Pony, so she is used to having little girls on her back. She rode around the pen for a while and then Sarah joined her and they headed down to the creek so we could be in the shade. She spent some time brushing Pedro, but she kept trying to go behind him to brush his tail, so we had to put an end to that. Then she got to ride a full size horse, Ringo. Ringo is a descendant of Twila, the first horse my mother's family ever had back in the 60's.
Kirsten riding Pedro
Kirsten riding on Ringo
We spent Saturday afternoon riding the go-cart, and working in the garden and then had a barbecue and Iva and Cole's house.
Saturday night we went to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Concert at OU in Norman. It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. Kirsten loved being able to hear "her choir" live instead of just on a CD. She was entranced by the music, she just sat there on the edge of her seat listening intently. She was sad when it was over, but quickly perked up when we told her we were going to see Uncle Larry. My Uncle Larry plays the French Horn in the Orchestra at Temple Square that tours with the choir. We were able to go to Braum's with him afterwards and enjoy his company. Kirsten physically attatched herself to him and would not stop giving him hugs, kisses, and cuddles, not even to eat her ice cream.
We sure had a great weekend. Thank you so much mom for getting us the tickets and Grandma and Grandpa for letting us stay with you. Kirsten, Sarah and Kaley loved seeing all of you. She is already asking when we get to go back. Now we are all exhausted and ready for another busy week.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
My nieces, Sarah and Kaley, flew in on Saturday night. They will be here for 3 weeks this summer. They have been staying with us every summer for 6 years, and this will be their shortest stay. They actually want to do things this summer like go to Chicago, Florida and Michigan. I used to be the most exciting part of their summer, but not any more. My gym is letting teenagers work out free this summer, so they have been going with me everyday this week. They are also taking swimming lessons this week from Jenny, Kirsten's teacher. If I planned ahead, I would have planned their lessons together so I wouldn't be going for 4 weeks straight, oh well.
I am also helping out with watching a friend of mine's twins girls this summer. It has been so great having them here. Kirsten looks forward to the days they come over and begs for them on the days they don't come. It is wonderful for her to have kids to play with so I can get some things done. The hardest part of this week has been going from having one kid to five kids. It is was more exhausting than I imagined. I feel like I spend my whole day in the kitchen cooking a meal or cleaning up a meal. Do you know how long it takes to get 5 kids in swim suits, sunscreen, shoes, and into the car?!! Wow, I had no idea. I have a new found respect for mothers with large families. I do not think I am cut out for it. It is a good thing it is only temporary.
We are leaving tomorrow after swimming lessons for Oklahoma. We are going to visit my mom and grandparents and see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performance. I am especially excited that my Uncle Larry will be there with the Orchestra and that we will get to see him.
Jeremy was able to work from home this past Tuesday for the first time. It was difficult to have him home and leave him alone, but we managed. It was wonderful to have him home for lunch and to spend the extra two hours with him that he would have been on the road. If all goes well, they will let him work from home on Thursdays also, so we will have him two days a week!
That is about it. We are spending most of our free time at the pool trying to stay cool. Kirsten is getting more confident in the water and has even started jumping in on her own without anyone catching her. I have not decided if I am excited or scared to death about that! What's a mom to do...
Friday, June 19, 2009
Kirsten's last swimming lesson was today. Last Monday, during her 4th lesson, she finally figured out how to swim by herself! This week we have spent every spare moment at the pool with her swimming from the steps to me, me to the steps, over and over and over....
I could not be prouder of my little girl. It is a huge step to be able to put your face in the water, let go and trust that you will not sink. I am excited about all the new things she will learn in the coming months. I am just beyond ecstatic that we finally passed this first step. Everyone says that the summer they turn four is the magical year to start swimming on their own, and it looks like that is true. I hope you enjoy the video. It takes her a while to get off the edge, I think she was getting tired. But once she gets going she makes it almost all of the way across the pool before her teacher takes her hand. Good Job Kirsten!!!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
The Sealer at our wedding shared this quote with us. It is the theme of my life.
“Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he has been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just like people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, and most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is just like an old time rail journey … delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.” Gordon B. Hinckley
Happy Anniversary Sweetheart!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
We have spent the past two summers letting her swim in her life jacket, so she is having trouble moving her legs out from under her body and laying flat. I am grateful that Jenny is so patient and puts up with all of her stubborness.
Friday, June 12, 2009
He is on the backrow, second in
Sunday, June 7, 2009
On their way!